Preconference Workshops

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Training

Produce growers, buyers, and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP's), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend this session. 

The U.S. FDA’s Produce Safety rule requires in § 112.22(c) that for each farm, “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.” The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy this requirement; it is the only course currently recognized by FDA.

This training will be taught by the Safe Food Alliance to learn more about the training visit their website.

Time: January 17th, 8:00am-5:00pm

Location: Gold Country Casino, 4020 Olive Hwy, Oroville CA 95966

Cost: $240

Introductory Grant Writing

Are you new to writing grants? This training is meant for you! Experienced grant writers from CSU, Fresno will address all the key components of grant writing. Experts will address the needs and mission statements, the goals, objectives and activities, and even budgets. Our instructors will discuss the different types of grants, how to search for grants, and identifying grants that will be the best fit for your organization. Half the day will include instruction and the other half will include hands-on breakout sessions to practice the information you learned! If you are an inexperienced grant writer, you won’t want to miss this preconference workshop!

Time: January 17th, 9:00am-4:15pm

Location: Gold Country Casino, 4020 Olive Hwy, Oroville CA 95966

Cost: $150

Time  Agenda 
 9:00  Registration/Check-in

 9:20  Welcome & Introductions

 9:30  Morning Session 

  • 501 (c) (3): Essential Functions
  • Types of Grants: Public Agencies/Non-Profits/Entrepreneurs & Small Business 
  • Searching Grants: Federal/State/Local/Foundation Sources
  • Identifying Grants: Finding the Best Fit 
  • Other Funding: Thinking Outside the Box

 12:00  Lunch

 12:30  Afternoon Session 

  • Mission and Problem Statements: Are They Good Enough? 
  • To Partner or Not to Partner? That is the Question
  • Tackling a Proposal: Grant Writing Teams 
  • Figuring Out the Numbers: Simple and Create Budgets 
  • Data, Data, and More Data: Know Your Demographics

 2:45  Break

 3:00  Afternoon Session 

  • Breakout Session: Your First Proposal
  • Teams Report Out

 4:00  Additional Resources 

  • The Center for Economic Development 
  • BlueTechValley Innovation Cluster 
  • Fresno State Small Business Development Center 

 4:15 Evaluations & Closing Comments